Thursday, April 29, 2010

Road construction work

Route 112 is a mess. Mile after mile, month after month, from Port Jeff Station to Coram, the construction goes on, the dirt, the noise, the traffic slow as molasses. They are widening this very busy road and adding a divider to make it safer. All that is good: the two-lane road was built in the days when cars went thirty miles an hour and nowadays the cars and trucks roar toward you at sixty-five with just inches to spare (until recently). So I'm glad they're doing it, but what a nuisance! And the word is the project will take another couple of years to complete. Oh boy.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Lilacs begin

I found these lilacs in bud on the campus of Suffolk Community College in Selden. And they have the lovely odor already! Such great weather we've been having.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tulips -- where?

Not mine, alas.

One lone dissenter of traditional build

They are at the ...

Stony Brook shops near the post office.

These tulips on steroids don't even look like tulips--are they peonies?--until you get closer. Wow!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Poor ole New York State

I'll send 'em a few sheckles. Couldn't hurt.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Views of a white cedar

There is a wonderful old white cedar tree in Avalon Preserve. A tiny park has been created around it with grass and boulders to sit on. Good spot for meditation.

A red cedar (Sancho Panza) keeps it company.

Part of it is dead and resembles a sculpture by Henry Moore. Why did it grow this way? Was it growing around a boulder at one time? Did another tree fall on it? Did a farmer train the young tree when our country was young? Is this a root or a trunk?

Branches against a blue sky in March.

A quizzical statement endures.

The bark is wonderful.
No other white cedars are found in the whole Preserve. Was this tree trucked in and planted or is it a relic of the 18th century, a boundary marker? I'm inclined to think the latter. It is a treasure either way.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Not possible

It's your thirst that gets quenched, not you (unless you're a fire). Could it be that the litterer threw the cup down in disgust at such grammatical infelicity?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Census Day

If you have not received a 2010 census form you can pick one up at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization's Educational & Cultural Building in Old Stony Brook. That's behind Talbots. It needs to be mailed in by May 1st.